The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1,260 employees (including visiting scientist), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the "System Earth" and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany's largest science organization.

For the GFZ Project Bureau (GPB) we invite applications for a

Scientific Review Editor/Writer (m/f/x) Job Vacancy No. 2644

Your responsibilities:

  • reading and editing of proposal manuscripts for consistency, clarity, grammar, and syntax while translating complex scientific concepts and data into language appropriate for audiences of specific interest for the work programme or topic of call chosen for submission
  • review of drafts and discussion of results with researchers on all levels as well as with external partners in order to identify key messages to be highlighted for scientific audiences
  • motivation, information, advisory and coaching of scientists over the whole project time span
  • preparation and editing of textual contributions in response to the requirements of the target institutions
  • analysis of external evaluation results
  • development and implementation of training formats to promote scientific writing skills in early stage researchers and collaborators

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in geosciences or physics
  • experience in large international programmes and projects, in particular in the field of geosciences
  • excellent writing and communication skills in English (native speaker or native speaker level)
  • readiness to work both within our service-oriented team and independently
  • ability to interact with scientists at different levels
  • profound experience in scientific proposal writing
  • experience in working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment in collaboration with individuals from all sectors including academic, public administration and the industry
  • demonstrated expertise in coordination of complex project proposals with shifting deadlines and involvement of multiple stakeholders
  • proven ability to prepare and hold compelling scientific and technical presentations
Starting date: 1st June 2019
Fixed term: 2 years
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)". The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Location: Potsdam

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.

The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

Please submit your application by 21st May 2019 using the "Apply" button.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.

We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.